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Khoisan leader optimistic unity will lead to land redistribution
13 May 2018, 11:23 AM

Khoisan leader in Kimberley, Alfred Maggoeddie believes that unity between the Khoisan Community and other organisations such as the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) will boost their call for land redistribution.

He was speaking after a meeting with the PAC in Kimberley to discuss how groups that have been dispossessed of their land can regain it.

This follows the National Assembly’s passing of a motion earlier this year for land expropriation without compensation.

Maggoeddie says it’s important for the Khoisan and others to campaign peacefully for land redistribution.

“We do not want fighting, we don’t want to grab and damages, we are people who are very negotiable. We must now go all the provinces and go preach this gospel because we must get common ideas, common sense and common level, we do not want differences, that is how we are going to be listened to,” says Maggoeddie.

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Maritzburg United coach proud for KZN teams’ performance
13 May 2018, 10:00 AM

Maritzburg United head coach, Fadlu Davids says he is extremely proud that all three KwaZulu-Natal teams have qualified for top eight finishes in the Absa Premiership 2017/18 season.

AmaZulu FC, Golden Arrows and United qualified for top eight on the last day of the tightly contested 2017/18 PSL season.

All three finished on 4th, 7th and 8th position respectively. This is the first time in the Premier Soccer League era that all KZN teams will play in the top eight competitions. AmaZulu last reached a top eight finish in 2008/09 season, while coached by Neil Tovey.

But for Arrows and United, they have been consistently in the top eight positions in the last two seasons.

On other hand, Arrows coach Clinton Larsen has attributed a top eight finish this season to his boys, for hard work and undying spirit.

Davids says it is really fantastic for KwaZulu-Natal to have three teams in the top eight.

“Extremely proud of the KZN teams, it’s really fantastic that all three KZN teams are in the top eight. Well done to Calvin Johnson and Clinton Larsen for finishing in the top eight. KZN football is on the rise. KZN people can be really proud of the new force that can once again be part of the top team. All three in the top eight that is absolutely fantastic and well done to all teams,” says Davids.

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Gauteng govt identifies land to build 60 000 RDP houses
12 May 2018, 4:30 PM

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC, Uhuru Moiloa says they’ve identified portions of land that will yield close to 60 000 housing units in the south of Johannesburg.

Moiloa was reporting back to the residents of Eldorado Park, Freedom Park, Finetown, Ennerdale and other nearby townships at the Eldorado Park Stadium on Saturday.

This follows last year’s violent protests in the area over housing. Residents again took to the streets two weeks ago, saying government was not delivering on its promises.

MEC Moiloa says the province is working with the City of Johannesburg to ensure houses are delivered through a “rapid land release” programme.

“This is the commitment we’re making; it is not a thumb suck. Technicians, technocrats are at work, with development plans, and most of them are actually complete. We’re now waiting for the city to transfer, through the power of attorney so that i can allocate finally the resources.”

“But for planning purposes, everything has been budgeted for, and we have issued here a report on progress that’s been made on each portion of land that’s been identified and the cost of planning,” says Moiloa.

 

Ramaphosa urges graduates to be agents of society
12 May 2018, 4:05 PM

University of Mpumalanga Vice Chancellor, President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged graduates to be agents of change in their respective communities. Ramaphosa was speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Mpumalanga.

Over 200 students graduated in different fields including agriculture, hospitality and education.

President Ramaphosa has encouraged graduates to work towards the growth of the economy, saying they are also concerned about economic activity being largely concentrated in urban centres.

“As you enter this new world, you must know that your families, your communities and your country have invested much in you. They have invested in you their faith, their hope and their expectations. They look to you to be the builders of our new democratic nation. They look to you to reconstruct our country from the ruins of the past,” says Ramaphosa.

A proud moment for the future leaders, their friends and family.

Ramaphosa has urged graduates to work even harder on their chosen careers and uplift the rural communities.

He identified agriculture and manufacturing as the drivers of economic growth.

“For the people to share in the country’s wealth, we need faster growth. This means we need to produce more, specially the productive sectors of the economy – like Agriculture and Manufacturing – need to account for a greater share of economic output and employment. We need to add more value to the minerals we extract and the agriculture products we grow,” the Vice Chancellor explained.

And as the future shines bright for these students, they prepare to enter the job market but also uplift the communities in which they grew up.

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Cele says female abusers must be denied bail
12 May 2018, 4:04 PM

Police Minister, Bheki Cele says all those who abuse women and children must be denied bail. He was delivering an inaugural lecture on femicide in memory of the late Karabo Mokoena in Soweto.

Mokoena’s charred remains were found in an open field in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, in April last year.

Her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe was sentenced to 32 years in jail earlier this month after being convicted of her murder.

Cele highlighted the importance of addressing double standards for young men and women.

“I am calling on the police to make sure that they protect anybody who walks in the police station to seek their assistance. The abuse and assault of women should be schedule 6 if it isn’t. That means that that person does not get bail.”

“Any person that gets bail, the first thing he thinks to do is to eliminate the evidence which is the raped woman. To hell with the society that allows women to be abused. I am making a call, please mothers, and tell the boys that nothing makes them different from the girls. They are all children and they must grow in the same way,” says Cele.

Society must protect young girls, boys

Meanwhile, Social Development Minister, Susan Shabangu, says society must take a conscious decision to protect young girls and boys from abuse.

Shabangu says violence against young men and women must be condemned.

“We must all be missionaries because gender-based violence in our society is huge. So we have to make sure the values of society and Ubuntu amongst ourselves. Our kids must be free. Where were live today, we cannot exercise barbarism. We cannot shut the doors and our kids can no longer be safe. It’s us who must change that. When we are here today we must take a stand against abuse.”

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